What's a "healthy" weight for someone my height?

  • trl_

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    Jul 29, 2009 10:01 PM GMT
    I was going to phrase this differently: "what's an attractive weight for someone my height", but I realized that's pretty damn subjective, so I guess what is a 'healthy' weight zone for someone my height (5'10.5")

    I'm trying to gain size (muscle-wise) and I'm thinking I want to be at about 155 (I'm 144 right now). I'm not really sure what's a realistic time frame to be putting on this either, guess it depends on my genes and habits.
  • swimbikerun

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    Jul 30, 2009 12:26 AM GMT
    http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/

    And before any flames regarding the use of the BMI:

    The limits are:

    * It may overestimate body fat in athletes and others who have a muscular build.
    * It may underestimate body fat in older persons and others who have lost muscle mass.


    Please read the caveats before use. I've heard colloquially that the most you can hope to gain in muscle mass is around six pounds a month. Though, IMHO you shouldn't use that as your goal, only a measure of progress.
    Your goal should be lifestyle modification with a focus on calories consumed versus calories burned.
    I like Bodybuilding.com
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    Jul 30, 2009 12:29 AM GMT
    trliber saidI was going to phrase this differently: "what's an attractive weight for someone my height", but I realized that's pretty damn subjective, so I guess what is a 'healthy' weight zone for someone my height (5'10.5")

    I'm trying to gain size (muscle-wise) and I'm thinking I want to be at about 155 (I'm 144 right now). I'm not really sure what's a realistic time frame to be putting on this either, guess it depends on my genes and habits.


    Well, Slim, it's all very subjective. In an insane world, a sane man must appear as sane in order to be regarded as sane. Ain't that fucked up?

    There are charts that insurance companies use for recommended weights. That being said the supposed ideal weight for me is 130. I haven't weighed that little since 7'th grade. I can't imagine being that small. I wouldn't give BMI any credit either. It's bunk.

    Someone at 5'10" can easily weigh 200 to 230 and not look fat. Depends on the look YOU want.

    You do what's right for YOU, and don't worry about what the pack thinks. They aren't leading your life.

    You can probably google up "recommended weights" and find something, if you're really wanting to know. Here: http://www.google.com/#hl=en&q=recommended+body+weight+chart

    Anorexia is becoming more common among young men these days. Starving "models", gay culture, multi-media, all bring to bear a false image of ideal.

    You're 19. Eat; have fun. If you get bigger, great, if not, you can be Slim, Slim

    P.S. Calories are your friends if you wanta' gain. Make sure you EAT.

    Don't worry about the pack. Do what makes you happy unless you're starving or a fat ass. Stay away from there. Neither is really good for you.
  • EricLA

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    Jul 30, 2009 12:34 AM GMT
    Triber, I think you'd be surprised how little 11 lbs. really adds, especially re: muscle. I think you'd look a bit more defined, but as mentioned above, you could easily pack 15-20 more lbs. and still look healthy. It all depends what you want to look like. And 144 shouldn't be looked at as unhealthy, by the way. If you have a really active metabolism, then that could be the way you're meant to look, and that's okay too.

    Agree that to put on more muscle and "size" you'll probably need to eat more: protein (eggs, chicken, fish), vegetables, and other relatively healthy things.
  • swimbikerun

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    Jul 30, 2009 12:37 AM GMT
    EricLA saidTriber, I think you'd be surprised how much 11 lbs. really adds, especially re: muscle. I think you'd look a bit more defined, but as mentioned above, you could easily pack 15-20 more lbs. and still look healthy. It all depends what you want to look like. And 144 shouldn't be looked at as unhealthy, by the way. If you have a really active metabolism, then that could be the way you're meant to look, and that's okay too.
    Yeah this is a really good point to make. It is most important to accept your body type, be healthy and happy.
    You could also simply invest in a chin up bar and maybe start a push up routine. You might be surprised with the results after only a few weeks. You're pretty lean so just about any muscle you build should give you a pretty defined look.

    Here's another interesting tool:

    http://www.naturalphysiques.com/tools.php?itemid=28

    The most way of accurate way of measuring bodyfat is the hydrostatic method btw.
    So, generally speaking, given your current weight, creating a good workout and a good eating plan it would be reasonable to assume that in about three months you should be able to put on around ten to fifteen pounds of muscle.

    It is of the utmost importance to know how many calories you are consuming. You can get a scale a measure out food portions just o you get an idea of what constitutes a single portion of food.

    I recently got an iPhone and got a free app which records food consumption. In the past five weeks I've lost about ten pounds and my goal is to lose even more. Counting calories, although not as accurate as we might hope to believe, is a good tool by which to gain or lose weight.
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    Jul 30, 2009 12:40 AM GMT
    EricLA is right. If it is muscle you are putting on and not fat, you'll wana put on about 10-15 lbs. You'll still look like your, but more manly and obviously muscular. 10-15 lbs of muscle will give your a more model-like body.
  • RobbJ86

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    Jul 30, 2009 12:43 AM GMT
    I sent you an email with your BMI/BMR. What Swimbikerun said is pretty acurate. Like most of us, you'll learn by trial and error, though I don't like to call it error. It's more like trial and learn. icon_wink.gif As you mentioned, there are other variables that come into play as well. Eating habits, activities, genetics.

    The simple answer is... going to 155lbs is possible.

    I'm going to send you an email with your BMR/BMI calculated and explain why your BMR is an important number to know.

    Much luck to ya!!!
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    Jul 30, 2009 12:43 AM GMT
    I´m an inch shorter than you and am 180lb, and I don´t look fat or big. You could actually carry another 40lb without even looking built, but it depends what you like
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    Jul 30, 2009 1:03 AM GMT
    Here's the standard weight chart, which tends NOT to skew properly for athletes. They have more muscle and will weigh considerably more. This chart is for sedentary individuals and fat weighs much less than muscle. Again, a muscular person will weigh considerably more than what's on this chart As you can see, at 5'10", and 144#, you're at the very bottom of what is considered "normal" even for sedentary individuals. Like I said before, do what makes you happy. I went to the trouble of googling it up for you because some folks here would have you being anorexic. Nothing wrong with slim, but, you sure don't want to be losing any more weight.

    standard_weight_chart_for_men.jpg
  • trl_

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    Jul 30, 2009 1:22 AM GMT
    ................I am so confused by ALL of this. icon_biggrin.gif
  • swimbikerun

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    Jul 30, 2009 1:25 AM GMT
    trliber, check out this sexy dude:

    http://www.realjock.com/alexnycity
    He's got a nice bod no?
    So he's 5'10", 145 pounds. No need to really even bulk up by a huge amount.
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    Jul 30, 2009 1:30 AM GMT
    Be what ever size and weight that makes you happy. There will always be someone who wants to fuck you.
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    Jul 30, 2009 1:36 AM GMT
    swimbikerun saidtrliber, check out this sexy dude:

    http://www.realjock.com/alexnycity
    He's got a nice bod no?
    So he's 5'10", 145 pounds. No need to really even bulk up by a huge amount.


    That guy can get away with it because he's got real narrow shoulders and a light frame. trliber's got a heavier bone structure with almost no meat on him (he looks like I did at 135lbs two years ago.) Just by bone structure, trliber should probably be looking at 165lbs or more.
  • trl_

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    Jul 30, 2009 1:36 AM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidBe what ever size and weight that makes you happy. There will always be someone who wants to fuck you.


    icon_exclaim.gif It's more of a personal development exercise, but ok haha
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    Jul 30, 2009 1:53 AM GMT
    trliber said................I am so confused by ALL of this. icon_biggrin.gif


    What's to be confused about?

    You said:
    "I was going to phrase this differently: "what's an attractive weight for someone my height", but I realized that's pretty damn subjective, so I guess what is a 'healthy' weight zone for someone my height (5'10.5")

    I'm trying to gain size (muscle-wise) and I'm thinking I want to be at about 155 (I'm 144 right now). I'm not really sure what's a realistic time frame to be putting on this either, guess it depends on my genes and habits."

    And, it gets down to what the person you're asking considers attractive, and what YOU want. You don't need the approval of the pack.

    I did all the research that you failed to do yourself. I put the chart up for you.

    From the health perspective, you're at the very bottom end of what's considered healthy, even for someone with small joints. No confusion there. If you have large, or medium, joints, you're underweight for being healthy. If you're 5'11", you're out of range, UNDERWEIGHT, for your height.

    It's not a perfect world. Folks get fat; smoke; drink. You do what's right for you.

    Shit, I gave you the chart. I told you to do whatever makes you happy. Nothing to be confused about.

    I think we answered the questions, as you stated them.
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    Jul 30, 2009 2:00 AM GMT
    flex89 said
    swimbikerun saidtrliber, check out this sexy dude:

    http://www.realjock.com/alexnycity
    He's got a nice bod no?
    So he's 5'10", 145 pounds. No need to really even bulk up by a huge amount.


    That guy can get away with it because he's got real narrow shoulders and a light frame. trliber's got a heavier bone structure with almost no meat on him (he looks like I did at 135lbs two years ago.) Just by bone structure, trliber should probably be looking at 165lbs or more.


    flex89 is right.

    http://www.realjock.com/alexnycity used a funky camera angle, and...covered up his legs. If you rotated alexnycity, he'd look like he was living in Ethiopia.

    triber has a bigger frame. He's probably in the middle of the chart, at 5'11", and underweight. And, don't forget, the chart is for folks who are sedentary. Folks who are muscular, are much heavier at those heights, and often leaner.

    flex89 called it right.

    But, again, do what YOU want, and don't worry about the pack. Nobody says you are, or are not, attractive. If you want to know that, put yourself on a rating site like hot or not. As look as you like the image in the mirror, unless you remain underweight, and unless you become a fat ass, you're doing just fine.

    That's the honest answer.

    Preferences are what they are. You're seeking validation, but, fact is, some folks like tattooed, pierced, blue haired folks, and some don't. Some guys like big, and some don't.

    Here's the trick. Come to like yourself, and the rest follows. Make a plan that makes you happy, and execute it. Evaluate. Repeat.
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    Jul 30, 2009 2:03 AM GMT
    Honestly, I think you look fine as you are. Slim, yes, but I favor slim over stocky. That said, I can see why you'd want to put on some weight if you feel you don't want to be this slim.

    What weight looks good on your also depends on your age. At 19, I think you look perfectly normal at this size. If you were 30, you'd look too skinny for your age.
  • trl_

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    Jul 30, 2009 4:01 AM GMT
    [quote]
    Here's the trick. Come to like yourself, and the rest follows. Make a plan that makes you happy, and execute it. Evaluate. Repeat.
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    I think this is exactly what I needed to hear.
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    Jul 30, 2009 4:04 AM GMT
    chuckystud saidHere's the standard weight chart, which tends NOT to skew properly for athletes. They have more muscle and will weigh considerably more. This chart is for sedentary individuals and fat weighs much less than muscle. Again, a muscular person will weigh considerably more than what's on this chart As you can see, at 5'10", and 144#, you're at the very bottom of what is considered "normal" even for sedentary individuals. Like I said before, do what makes you happy. I went to the trouble of googling it up for you because some folks here would have you being anorexic. Nothing wrong with slim, but, you sure don't want to be losing any more weight.

    standard_weight_chart_for_men.jpg


    i just went on the scales....im 6f1 and it said 200 pounds....i dont know.. why.. ive been doing cardio... and i came off whey protein and its still at 200
  • JayneCobb

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    Jul 30, 2009 4:18 AM GMT
    Well I'm 5'10 and weight 168, you defiantly have room to grow kid..
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    Jul 30, 2009 5:15 AM GMT
    I used to have your (about...) weight exactly one year ago, and I weighed 145 (exactly) for the entire summer...and that's because I'd do about 1hr 30mins of cardio nearly every day.

    After I got to the target zone that I wanted, I shifted over to weight lifting more than I was doing before... ate properly (no junk food, soda, etc) and I gained weight pretty well to about 150 in the Fall and then 155 in the Spring.

    It's been a while since I've checked my weight... but I presume it to be around 160 right now.